Lewis Hamilton quickest in Turkish GP qualifying with Max Verstappen third

by 24britishtvOct. 9, 2021, 2 p.m. 18
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Lewis Hamilton was fasetst in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix with a new track record - but he will be thrown back to 11th following his engine penalty.

The seven-time Formula One world champion delivered the quickest lap ever seen at the Istanbul Park to beat Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and championship rival Max Verstappen.

But Hamilton, who holds a two-point advantage over Verstappen, will face danger from all angles during Sunday's start after serving a 10-place penalty for using his fourth engine, one more than is permitted.

Bottas will be promoted to the top spot with Red Bull's Verstappen joining him on the front row.

Speaking in the build-up to Saturday's qualifying session, Hamilton said he must capture pole in order to limit the damage of his engine penalty.

And he delivered on his promise with his final lap seeing off Bottas by 0.130 seconds, while Verstappen finished third, three tenths back.

Mercedes rate the circuit here - 30 miles outside of Istanbul - among the easier tracks on the calendar to overtake and Hamilton will hope to come through the field like Verstappen did at the last race in Russia. He will also be keen on Bottas keeping Verstappen in his mirrors.

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